Domestic Violence Awareness Month

A single ‘Day of Unity' observed by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1981 quickly evolved into a full month of support and activities -- conducted at the local, state and national levels -- to raise awareness of domestic violence. On October 6, 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, opens a new window, designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since, connecting those who live with the risk of violence and those who work to end it. Learn more at:, opens a new window

Links & Resources

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-7233 (also en Español)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
1-855-812-1001 (Videophone)

Washington State

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Washington State Courts: Domestic Violence Information
Legal resources for victims of domestic violence.

Snohomish County

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County
Call the 24-Hour Hotline: 425-25-ABUSE (425-252-2873) for: Support groups, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and domestic violence education.

Snohomish County Domestic Violence Resources

Island County

Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADA)
24-Hour Crisis Line: 360-675-2232 or 800-215-5669

Island County Prosecutor: Domestic Violence Resources

Oak Harbor City Attorney's Office: Domestic Violence


These library resources raise awareness of the issue of Domestic Violence in our society, and share the powerful stories of survivors.

No Visible Bruises "Snyder explores America's epidemic of domestic violence and show how the roots of America's most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors. Domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime in the US, and its tendrils are often behind mass shootings, hate crimes, and other forms of public violence."

Surviving Domestic Violence "Backed by thirty years of real-world practice, this comprehensive guide will help victims of domestic violence find their personal path to survival and healing." 

Goodbye, Sweet Girl "In this brave and beautiful memoir...a woman chronicles how her marriage devolved from a love story into a shocking tale of abuse--examining the tenderness and violence entwined in the relationship, why she endured years of physical and emotional pain, and how she eventually broke free."

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